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ABC renews 'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Ladies, this is not the final rose tonight. ABC has renewed The Bachelor for season 16 (premiering in early 2012) and The Bachelorette for season 7, which will premiere May 23. The network has also granted a second season to Bachelor Pad, meaning it will have some form of Bachelor-related programming on its schedule 8 months out of the year. (There is a God!)

The current season of The Bachelor featuring Brad Womack has been averaging 10.2 million viewers a week, and will conclude tonight with what’s sure to be the most dramatic final rose ceremony… ever! The new Bachelorette will be revealed tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television.

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